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Apr 18, 2024

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Welcome Polonia!

“How can Orchard Lake better serve Polonia and Poland?” 

MICHIGAN – The new Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools – SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, St. Mary’s Prep and Polish Mission – V. Rev. Canon Miroslaw Krol invites all to a “Gathering of Polonia” to listen and work for and with all Poles and all who love Polish values on Saturday, October 28th, 12:00 noon, at the Shrine of St. John Paul II at Orchard Lake. Holy Mass will be celebrated and a discussion focusing on “How can Orchard Lake better serve Polonia, Poland and Poles?” and “What can Orchard Lake do to strengthen American Polonia and our Catholic values?” will follow. The Shrine of St. John Paul II at Orchard Lake is located at 3535 Commerce Rd. Orchard Lake, MI 48324. For more information call (313) 485-0531 or visit All are welcome.

The Seminary was founded over 130 years ago by Father Jozef Dabrowski, who received this mission from Father Leopold Moczygemba, OFM Conv., the Patriarch of the Polish American Community.  During the Seminary’s rich history, it has made an outstanding contribution to the Polish American and broader Catholic faith community, educating thousands of priests and educators. Thanks to Father Dabrowski’s exceptional wisdom, clarity of mission, testament, and example, the Orchard Lake Seminary and related institutions have been uniquely and generously financed by the Polish American community throughout their long and illustrious history.

Thanks to donations and financial support from the 10,000,000-strong Polish American community, Orchard Lake contains the largest Polish American archives in the United States, documenting the rich history of Polish diaspora and its contributions to the United States.  Polish Americans funded the Library and donated volumes of unique historical books and publications, some dating back to 1600.  Such a collection is of unique importance: most historical libraries and archives in Poland were destroyed during the cataclysms of the Second World War.  Therefore, many unique historical artifacts have survived exclusively in the archive at Orchard Lake.